How to Play

With so many different lottery games to play in Texas, its important to know how to play each game to make sure you buy your tickets correctly. Here you can find all the details for every lottery draw game in Texas and how to play each one, so take your pick from the games below to start buying your tickets today!

Lotto Texas

To play Lotto Texas, you are required to choose six numbers from 1 to 54. Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to play:

  • Find a Lotto Texas retailer.
  • Select your own numbers or opt for a Quick Pick. You can either request a Quick Pick from the retailer or mark the ‘QP’ box on your playslip.
  • If you want to play Extra! mark the ‘YES’ box on the playslip.
  • Mark one of the Multi-Draw boxes to choose how many consecutive drawings you would like to play, up to a maximum of 10. Leave these boxes unmarked if you want to play just one draw.
  • Pay for your entries. It costs $1 per line to play Lotto Texas and an additional $1 per line on Extra!

You must also state on your playslip how you would like to receive the jackpot prize if you win. You can select ’30 Annual Payments’ if you would prefer to win the full advertised amount as an annuity spread out in yearly instalments, or ‘Cash Value Option’ for a lump sum.

If you choose the lump sum, you receive the present cash value of the jackpot prize, whereas the annuity figure takes into account the interest that the money would accrue over the payout period. The annuity is therefore always worth more than the lump sum. You cannot change your preferred payment option at a later date.

Once you have bought your ticket, keep it safe until you have checked the results to find out if you are a winner. You will need to produce the ticket if you claim a prize and you are advised to sign the back of it before you claim.

Two Step

The game is known as Texas Two Step because there are two parts to picking your numbers. You must first select four numbers from 1 to 35 and then one Bonus Ball from a separate set between 1 and 35. It is therefore possible to choose the same number twice. Here’s how to play.

  • Go to any Texas Lottery retailer and pick your numbers. If you don’t want to choose your own, just mark the ‘QP’ box or ask for a Quick Pick and you will be given a random selection.
  • Select how many consecutive draws you wish to enter in the Multi-Draw section. You can play up to a maximum of 10 draws at once.
  • Purchase your entries. Each play costs $1.

After you have bought your ticket, it is a good idea to sign it. Make sure it is secure until the draw has taken place, then check the results. If you have won, you need to come forward and claim your money within 180 days of the drawing otherwise you will no longer be eligible for a payout.

Cash 5

You have to select five main numbers from 1 to 35 to play Cash Five. Follow the steps below to take part:

  • Find a Texas Lottery retailer and choose your numbers. Select your own or go for a Quick Pick if you would prefer to play random numbers.
  • Enter your numbers in up to 12 consecutive drawings by marking the appropriate box in the Multi-Draw section.
  • Pay for your ticket at a cost of $1 per play.
  • Keep your ticket safe and check the results to see if you are due a prize.

Pick 3

To play Pick 3 you choose a three-digit combination and then try to match it with the winning combination in different ways. You can choose from several different play types, each with its own odds of winning and payouts. Follow the steps below to play Pick 3:

  • Go to any Texas Lottery retailer and grab a Pick 3 playslip
  • Pick a number between 0 and 9 in each of the three columns. This will form the three-digit number that you’ll enter into the game. Alternatively, you can get a random selection of numbers by marking the Quick Pick (QP) box.
  • Choose a play type: Exact, Any, Exact/Any, or Combo (see an explanation of the different play types below)
  • Choose your wager – how much you choose to pay determines how much you can win back in prize money.
  • Mark the box if you want to add Fireball – this doubles the cost of your plays.
  • In the Multi-Draw section, select how many consecutive draws you want to play, up to a maximum of 24.
  • If you want to play consecutive Morning, Day, Evening, or Night draws – rather than all consecutive draws – mark the relevant option.
  • Pay the cashier for your ticket.

The cost of a ticket depends on what sort of play you choose and in some cases the numbers that you pick. An Exact play (without Fireball), for example, costs $0.50, while a 6-way Combo play can cost up to $6. You can find more information about each of the play types – including the difference between a 3-way and 6-way play – below.

Play Types

There are four different play types to choose from when you enter Pick 3. Each play type has different criteria for winning and different payouts. The four plays are:

Exact

To win an Exact bet, you have to match the three winning numbers in the exact order. For example, if you choose the combination 123, the winning numbers must be 123 in that order.

Any

You win this type of play if your numbers match the winning numbers in any order. For example, you would win if your numbers are 123 and the winning combination is 312.

There are two types of Any play: 3-way and 6-way. A 3-way play is when two of your three numbers are the same and a 6-way play is when you pick three different numbers. For example, 122 would be a 3-way but 123 would be a 6-way. Out of the two types, 3-way plays are harder to hit so pay out more.

Exact/Any

As the name suggests, this type of play combines an Exact play with an Any play, giving you a better chance to hit a winning combination. If you hit the Any part of the play you will be paid out accordingly and if you match the winning combination exactly you will get paid for both parts of the play.

Combo

This play covers Exact plays for all number combinations within your set of chosen numbers. For example, if you choose a Combo on the combination 123, you will place an Exact bet on the combinations 123, 132, 213, 231, 312 and 321. This play costs more than an Any play but the payouts are also higher.

Fireball

You can also add Fireball to your Pick 3 ticket. It doubles the cost of your plays but also gives you many more opportunities to win.

In every Texas Pick 3 drawing a Fireball number is selected after the three base numbers. If you opt in to Fireball when purchasing your entry you can win prizes by using the Fireball with your chosen combination to match the winning numbers. That’s in addition to any prizes you win in the main draw.

To determine whether you’ve won a Fireball prize, substitute the winning Fireball number with each of your main numbers; if any of those Fireball combinations match the winning Pick 3 numbers based on your bet type, you win a prize. For example:

  1. You select an Exact play with the combination 123.
  2. The winning combination in the draw is also 123, so your Exact play wins.
  3. The Fireball number 3 is then selected in the draw.
  4. You substitute the Fireball number with each of your three numbers to create three Fireball combinations: 123, 133, and 323.
  5. If any of these combinations match the winning combination based on your bet type, you win. In this example, your Fireball combination 123 is another Exact match, so you win the relevant prize.

You can win a Fireball prize even if your main combination doesn’t win a prize. It is also possible to win more than one Fireball prize with the same combination, depending on what type of play you go for.

Daily 4

In Daily 4, you pick four numbers between 0 and 9 with the aim of matching them with the winning four-digit combination in certain ways. You can find out about all the different ways to play below, but the main steps are outlined here:

  • Select your numbers. Choose four numbers from 0 to 9, or just two for Pair Play. You can ask for a Quick Pick (QP) if you would prefer to use random numbers.
  • Pick your play type - Straight, Box, Straight/Box, Combo or Pair Play (the different play types are explained below).
  • Choose how much money you want to play – this determines how much you can potentially win.
  • Specify how many consecutive drawings you wish to enter (up to a maximum of 24).
  • If you want to enter a certain draw every day – for example every consecutive Night draw – mark the relevant option in the Multi-Draw section.
  • Mark the Fireball box if you want to add it to your ticket. This doubles the cost of your wager.

Play Types

There are seven different play types in Daily 4 and you select which one you want to play when you pick your numbers. Each play type has its own win conditions, odds of winning, and payouts.

Straight

You win a Straight play if your four numbers match the four winning numbers in the exact order. For example, if your combination is 1234, you will only win a Straight play if the winning combination is also 1234.

Box

With a Box play, you win by matching the winning numbers in any order. For example, if your combination is 1234, you win if the winning combination is 4321, 3214, or any of the 24 possible combinations of those four numbers.

There are different types of Box play, depending on whether any of the numbers in your chosen combination repeat. A 4-way Box is where three of the four numbers are the same; in this case there are four possible combinations of those four numbers, so you have four different ways of winning. The different Box plays are as follows:

Box Type Numbers Included
4-Way 3 numbers the same and 1 different number
6-Way 2 pairs of 2 numbers
12-Way 1 pair and 2 other different numbers
24-Way 4 different numbers

Straight/Box

This combines a Straight play with a Box play. The cost of the wager is double that of a standard play, as you’re combing both plays in one, but you can win twice with the same combination. If you match the winning numbers in any order you win the Box part of the play and if you match the winning numbers exactly you win both the Straight and the Box.

Combo

Go for a Combo play to enter every possible Straight combination within your chosen four numbers. It costs more than a standard Straight or Box play but significantly improves your odds of winning.

Front Pair

For this type of play you pick two numbers instead of four and you win if they match the first two numbers of the winning combination.

Middle Pair

Pick two numbers and try to match them with the middle two numbers of the winning combination.

Back Pair

With a Back Pair play you pick two numbers and you win if they match the last two numbers of the winning combination.

Fireball

After the four winning Daily 4 numbers have been drawn a fifth number – known as the Fireball – is then drawn. If you opted in to Fireball when you purchased your ticket you can win additional prizes by substituting the Fireball number with each of your four Daily 4 numbers to create new combinations.

If these Fireball combinations then match the winning numbers according to the play type on your ticket, you will win a prize. For example:

  1. You go for a Straight play with the combination 1234.
  2. The winning numbers in the draw are also 1234, so your Straight wins.
  3. The winning Fireball number 4 is then picked in the draw.
  4. You substitute the Fireball number with each of your four numbers to create four Fireball combinations: 1234, 1244, 1434, and 4234.
  5. If any of these combinations match the winning numbers based on your play type, you win. In this example, your Fireball combination 1234 is another Straight match, so you win the relevant prize.

You can win prizes in both the base Daily 4 game and Fireball with the same combination, and you can win a Fireball prize without winning in the base game.

All or Nothing

To play All or Nothing, you pick 12 numbers between 1 and 24 with the aim of matching as many of them as possible – or none at all – with the winning line. The instructions below tell you everything you need to do to enter:

  • Head to any Texas Lottery retailer and grab an All or Nothing playslip.
  • Pick 12 numbers on board A or mark Quick Pick to have your numbers randomly selected by the lottery terminal.
  • Repeat the last step on every board you want to play.
  • If you want to play more than one draw, mark one of the options in the Multi-Draw section.
  • Pay for your ticket – All or Nothing costs $2 per play.

Once you have your ticket keep it safe until the draw, as you won’t be able to claim prizes without it.

Mega Millions

To play Mega Millions you have to pick five numbers between 1 and 70 and one Mega Ball between 1 and 25. Follow the steps below to play in Texas:

  • Pick up a Mega Millions playslip from a Texas lottery retailer.
  • Pick your numbers or select the Quick Pick (QP) option on your slip to receive a random set.
  • If you want to add the Megaplier to your ticket mark the box on your playslip
  • Choose how many draws you want to enter in the Multi-Draw section.
  • Choose whether you want to receive the jackpot as a cash lump sum or an annuity by marking the relevant box on the slip.
  • Pay for your entries. Mega Millions costs $2 per line and an extra $1 per line for the Megaplier.

Remember to fill in your details on the back of the ticket and keep it safe until the draw, as it is your only proof of entry. You will need to produce your ticket if you claim a prize.

Powerball

Powerball costs $2 to play. Head to any Texas Lottery store and pick five numbers between 1 and 69 and one Powerball from 1 to 26.

  • Find any Texas Lottery retailer and pick up a Powerball playslip.
  • Pick five numbers and one Powerball or select a Quick Pick (QP) to get a random line.
  • Mark the Power Play box if you want to opt in for an extra $1.
  • Mark a Multi-Draw box to pick how many draws to enter in advance.
  • Choose whether to receive the jackpot payout as an annuity or lump sum by marking one of the relevant boxes.
  • Pay the cashier for your entries.

You will need to hold on to your ticket until the draw, as you will be required to show it if you claim any prizes. Fill in your details on the back of the ticket too in case you lose it.